Movies which capture these times

Ahead of the Galway Film Fleadh and the cinemas re-opening, there is still Netflix

Matt Damon in Contagion.

Matt Damon in Contagion.

COMING TO the end of our cinema lockdown (although there are not many new movies on the horizon ) this is the last of my streaming service recommendations.

With the Galway Film Fleadh starting next week, and then the cinemas re-opening on July 20, here are the last few films I’ll recommend for lockdown. All are available on Netflix.

Contagion: This was the first movie I recommended when I started the streaming articles. I went back to re-watch to see how it held up after living through a pandemic for a few months. It is pretty on point. Things did not quite descend to the madness in that film but not far off, and hey, not out of the woods yet are we? Still lots of time on the clock for Covid to throw a few curveballs. The scene where Matt Damon is told his wife died is heartbreaking. This is a peak everyman Damon, he has an air of Robert Redford about him.

Marriage Story: I read an article last week that a law firm in London is seeing a 40 per cent rise in divorce inquiries. If you are one of these people you should watch Marriage Story. It came out last year alongside a lot of other Oscar contenders and I really enjoyed revisiting it this week. Absolutely stellar work from the two leads Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver.

The Great Escape: I hadn’t watched this in years until it recently went up on Netflix. No surprise that it is still incredible, if you somehow skipped this or thought it looked too old fashioned I cannot stress enough how great it is. It is as good as any blockbuster released today - particularly the final 30 minutes.

Children of Men: I think you could make a pretty good argument that this is the best film of this century. It is amazing how prescient it is considering it is 15 years old. An unbelievable cast with career best turns from Micheal Caine and Clive Owen. Also quite a good companion piece for the game The Last Of Us II that was released recently for PS4 - which is also well worth your time.


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